Watch: DeMarcus Cousins throws down dunk in OT win against Knicks

Sunday December 28th, 2014

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins threw down a ferocious dunk in overtime to lead Sacramento to a 135-129 win against the New York Knicks. Cousins scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his return from an illness Saturday night.

With a minute remaining in overtime and the Kings leading 129-126, Cousins received a pass at the three-point line from Ray McCallum. Knicks point guard Shane Larkin immediately rushed out to help center Jason Smith cover Cousins who easily split the double-team, took one dribble to the basket and sealed the Kings' win with his slam.

Cousins was listed as probable with the stomach flu after missing Friday's 115-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns. He had played in the previous three games following a 10-game absence due to viral meningitisThe Kings announced his return to the lineup on Saturday via Twitter.

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Cousins scored at least 22 points and played at least 30 minutes in each of the last four games, including three double doubles, which is a good sign for a Kings team that surprisingly fired second-year head coach Mike Malone on Dec. 15. Lead assistant Tyrone Corbin was named interim coach, and has gone 2-4 in his first six games.

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In addition to Cousins, the Kings' duo of Darren Collison and Rudy added much-needed punch. Collision posted a double double with 27 points and 10 assists while Gay added 29 points. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 36 in the loss. The Kings improved to 13-17 while the Knicks fell to 5-27.

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- Mike Fiammetta and Adam Pincus


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